Hosta 'Midwest Gold'

Violet Cooley of Arkansas registered this seedling of H. sieboldiana aureo-marginata in 1969. The large size mound grows to about 20 inches in height with a spread of around 41 inches. During the season, the foliage changes color from chartreuse to medium gold. They are deeply lobed at the base, slightly cupped, moderately corrugated and have thick substance. Its near white flowers bloom from late June into July.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "Being one of the first The American Hosta Society registered cultivars, 'Midwest Gold' may have historical significance, but it has little else going for it. Like some other gold H. 'Sieboldiana's, it grows slowly and is often plagued by spring desiccation burn."

Large, blue-green hostas with a gold/yellow marginal variegation such as H. 'Frances Williams', a medial (center) variegation like H. 'Brother Stefan' or yellow/gold leaf H. seiboldiana related cultivars such as H. 'Golden Sunburst' can make very attractive statements in the garden. Unfortunately, some of this type of hosta suffer from a physiological disorder called "spring desiccation burn".

For some reason, these plants often sustain discoloration and damage to the gold/yellow variegated margin or center of the leaf. Although this does not kill the plant, it does make it unattractive looking later in the season.

We have accumulated sample lists of similar size and color cultivars noted as being Resistant or Susceptible to spring desiccation burn.

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